Times New RomanCALL FOR PAPERS
2007 Conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego,
California October 4-7, 2007
Performing Weimar: Dance, Cinema, Mobility
This panel seeks to probe the relationship between Weimar cinema,
modern German dance movements, and the periodís greater currents of
social change, mobility, and mobilization. From its inception, the
cinema has been dedicated to the representation of motion, and it is
no coincidence that the earliest cinematic presentation, the
Skladanowsky Brothersí Wintergarten screening in 1895, emphasized an
array of corporeal feats, from acrobatics to the Serpentine Dance.
This panel will examine the role that the film of the interwar period,
and its representation of dance in particular, played in the shaping
and transformation of contemporaneous perceptions of the body. How did
filmic dance serve as a means to perform the emergence of modern,
cosmopolitan subjects? To what extent did these films use the
portrayal of movement onscreen as a means to engage with the gender,
class, and race politics of their day? Did Weimar dance, and the
representation of it, serve as a site of resistance to or
reconciliation with the nationís encroaching conservatism?
Please send a 1-page abstract and a brief CV to Jennifer Kapczynski:
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February 9, 2007.